Supporting Applicants with Disabilities – An Overview

Supporting Applicants with Disabilities – An Overview


Disability and Inclusion services provide advice and assistance to applicants and students who may require adjustments or arrangements to enable them to fully participate in student life.

If you are thinking of coming to Newman University and need advice on what arrangements are available for you, please contact Rachael Hawkins, our Disability and Inclusion Manager or Simeon Moon, our Mental Health Adviser.

We encourage you to visit the campus and talk to one of the team to get a feel for the University and find out more about how we can assist you.

If you need any particular arrangements for your visit or to attend an open day or interview, please contact our Marketing Department well in advance so that appropriate arrangements can be made. Assistance might include a BSL interpreter, lip-reader, mobility assistance, guide, arrangements for bringing a guide dog.

In Higher Education assistance for disabled students is funded differently than in FE colleges. In Higher Education the University is responsible for making Reasonable Adjustments, and additional personal support or equipment you may need to facilitate your studies, may be paid for through a Disabled Students Allowance (DSA). DSA is not a loan and you don’t have to repay any funding, so don’t worry about adding to student debt.

To get DSA funding you need to make an application to Student Finance England. This can be done at the same time as applying for Student Finance. If you need further information about applying for DSA, please contact Rachael Hawkins, Disability and Inclusion Manager, or Simone Moon, Mental Health Adviser,  as soon as possible.

Contact details

Contact: Rachael Hawkins
Position: Disability and Inclusion Manager
Tel: 0121 387 4612

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